Welcome to Utrecht Debating Society

Hello there! Utrecht Debating Society (UDS) is a fun, inclusive, and constructive student society. You will learn how to speak confidently, hold proper arguments and make friends with debaters from all over Netherlands. Our evenings are informal and are complemented by beers and snacks. We are a very welcoming society, with students from all types of faculties and different countries all over the world. We also are a fairly international and gender balanced community. Being a student society, anyone who is below 27 and from the UU, UCU, HU and HK can become a member.

How, When and Where

Every Wednesday at 19:15 is debate day. We typically hold 2 debates and then finish the night off by going to our bar, t’Pandje. Debates are entertained in the Locke Building at the UCU Campus. For regular updates on special evenings, workshops and socials check out our Instagram page and Facebook page.

Debating is a Life Skill

Debating offers the opportunity develop and use diverse skills that will aid you now and beyond University. You can develop confidence, perfect presentation and argumentation skills, all in a friendly and supportive environment that includes fun events and travel. For more general information and why debating is a great skill, visit our “Why Debate?” page.

Cooperation with other Debating Societies

UDS is in close contact with other debating societies across the Netherlands, from Zeeland to Maastricht and from Leiden to Groningen. We happily welcome cooperation and communication with other societies in Utrecht. You can contact us via email or telephone.

Training for Companies and Organizations

We also offer training for societies/organizations in the realm of debating and judging. For more information and what we provide and how click here.

Thank you Ufond!

Thank you for supporting the Utrecht delegation! 

Without the contribution of the U-fonds, our speakers and judge would not have had the means to attend the European University Debating Championship in Bulgaria this year. We would therefore like to thank them for helping our debaters represent the University of Utrecht on the international stage.

The U-fonds is an amazing organization that works with students, alumni and employees in order to realise a great range of projects. These projects contribute to education, research or the environment of Utrecht University.

There are many ways in which you can support the Universiteitsfonds. If interested, you are invited to visit their website.